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film criticism by maryann johanson | since 1997

where the Stratford theater crowd hangs out

This is the streetside patio at the Dirty Duck, right down the street from the RSC’s Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon… and it’s where lots of actors stop by for a pint after the show. There wasn’t a theater crowd the night I took this shot, but a few nights later, the patio was mobbed by a bunch of cast members from the current production of The Merchant of Venice (which I did not see, but I wish I had — this morning there were several people having breakfast at my B&B who’d seen the show the night before and liked it very much).

I didn’t stop by after the performance of Hamlet that I saw, but I might do after Love’s Labour’s Lost on Thursday night — I’m thinking it might be a less of an insane mob scene than the entire area was both before and after Hamlet.

Oh, and how’s this for crazy? I got recognized at Hamlet… or after, really, after leaving another nearby pub, when I ran into reader Samantha from Iowa, who had been at the show too and had waited (successfully) around the stage door to get David Tennant to sign her program. That was kinda cool.

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